Lebron is used to claiming the throne.. As a 3-time NBA champion and seeking his 8th straight finals appearance, he is undoubtedly the top player in his sport and one of the most polarizing athletes in the world. But with this current group of players, who can’t make a shot and would have trouble against high school competition, the run to the finals does not look so likely. With the likes of Tristan “Mr. Kardashian” Thompson and George Hill, lackluster veteran pieces headline this young, non-shot making roster.
Lebron has been known to carry average players, but none of his teams have presented as much as a challenge for him as this current roster. When your team can not stop anyone and you have to score over half of your team’s points, at some point you get tired. Lebron has all of his teammates in a giant Jansport backpack carrying them to the Finals is like carrying a load of useless bricks in your bag from DC to California. It is a daunting task that even a player as great as Lebron James will have a near impossible chance of completing.
With the series tied at 1, Lebron and crew may be able to escape the first round, but Lebron has had to carry too much of the load already. In Game 2, he scored 46 points and a triple double, and his team nearly lost. The fact that a player can do so much and his teammates manage to nearly lose is baffling. Guys who have trained their whole lives to be professionals and basketball’s best cannot even manage to hit a wide open 3. They simply have better seats than the rest of the fans to watch and admire the greatness of Lebron James. Maybe they could stop for just a minute and actually help him win and not make him lose any sanity he has left.
With the series now tied at 2, Lebron and his sad sack of teammates, have found a way to come back from mediocrity to slight decency. But, it remains to be seen if this winning effort can remain consistent, and if Lebron’s body does not break down before it happens. In his 15th year, Lebron is not the youngest guy in the world, and carrying younger, stronger athletes is not something that a man of his age and tenure should be asked to do. Even if his teammates end up coming up small again, and they lose this series the blame should go on everyone else and not the impossibly heroic effort the King, Lebron James.